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Why We Occupy: Visualizing The 2012 Federal Discretionary Budget

By Zaid Jilani  

"Why We Occupy: Visualizing The 2012 Federal Discretionary Budget"

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One reason so many people have taken to the streets as part of the 99 Percent Movement is because of the country’s lopsided priorities. The following graphic shows the makeup of federal discretionary spending in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. As you can see, the military eats up a lion’s share of the spending, while social priorities fall by the wayside:

Update

For a more detailed analysis of Fiscal Year 2012 spending, see the National Priorities Project’s take.

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